Cara Cruickshank Biography
About the Host
Cara Cruickshank is a Brazilian-American who has lived in France and the U.S. Her artistic work is centered on social ecology with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. She is the founder, curator, and host of Cafe de la Culture. She is also a writer, director, and producer of multimedia theater and independent film. Cara’s work has been well received by audiences and institutions in France, Turkey, Brazil, and throughout the United States. She has worked as a Broadway actor and singer, youth arts mentor, educational designer, and residency teaching artist. A core theme of her work is the convergence of women’s stories, multimedia arts, and rewilding.
Cara has independently produced, directed, and choreographed over 60 independent productions in the U.S. and abroad (including Turkey, France, and Brazil), focused on diversity and women’s empowerment. Her performances have been consistently celebrity and media-acclaimed.
Cara founded Café de la Culture in 2011 to promote diversity, arts, and community conversations. She recently showcased her original, ensemble theater play, The Alchemy of Imperfection, in Paris, France with standing ovations, encores, and media acclaim. Since then, she has toured this multimedia production across the U.S., alongside a panel discussion on the topic: “Courageous Vulnerability: How Can Men Support Women to Speak Up and Be Seen?” in honor of #MeToo and #TimesUp. Each event is locally cast and curated with artists, activists, academics, and experts from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Launching with sold-out performances in Los Angeles and Boulder, the event has most recently been presented in Denver, San Francisco, and Portland with rave audience reviews. Cafe de la Culture is now booking performances nationally in the U.S. for the coming seasons.